New York, NY, April 11, 2018 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced that honorary degrees will be presented to Rashida Manjoo, Professor of Public Law at University of Cape Town, South Africa and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, and Ronald V. Clarke, University Professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and theoretical innovator of situational crime prevention.
These internationally recognized scholars will address the Class of 2018 at the College’s 53rd Commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 30 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y.
“Our 2018 honorees have demonstrated their dedication to the cause of justice through their exemplary work on women’s rights and crime prevention,” said John Jay College President Karol V. Mason, who will preside over the ceremonies. “We look forward to welcoming them as official members of our college community and as inspirations for our exceptional graduating class.”
For over 30 years, Manjoo has been an international human rights advocate, particularly in the area of women’s rights as human rights. She was a trailblazer in the fight for a binding global treaty to recognize extreme domestic violence against women as human rights violations. Appointed as the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 2009, a position that she held until 2015, Manjoo gave special attention to violence against women and girls with disabilities. Her thematic reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly have focused on state responsibility to act with due diligence to promote and protect all the rights of all women. Prior to her work at the United Nations, Manjoo had decades of experience as an anti-Apartheid activist and women’s liberation campaigner in South Africa. Trained as a lawyer, she also served as the former Parliamentary Commissioner of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) of South Africa, where she was involved in active research and in the monitoring of the country’s progress in promoting and protecting women’s rights. She is currently the co-convenor of the Human Rights Program within the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town and has authored many reports, journal articles, and books including Women’s Charters and Declarations: Building Another World.
Manjoo will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and Clarke will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. For more information about John Jay’s Commencement ceremonies, visit the Commencement site.
About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. John Jay is home to faculty and research centers at the forefront of researching and advancing criminal and social justice reform. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College engages the theme of justice and explores fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.